FMS: Australia Seeks Three CH-47F Helicopters


Released on Monday, December 21, 2015
Australia
AN/AAR-57 CMWS
AN/ARC-231
CH-47F Chinook
FBCB2
T55
CMWS - Common Missile Warning System
DAGR - Defense Advanced GPS Receiver
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FBCB2 - Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
GPS - Global Positioning System
IFF - Identification Friend or Foe
MDE - Major Defense Equipment
SATCOM - Satellite Communication
SINCGARS - SINgle Channel Ground and Air Radio System
TACAN - Tactical Control And Navigation
UHF - Ultra High Frequency
VHF - Very High Frequency
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2015 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for CH-47F aircraft, related equipment and support. The estimated cost is $180 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 18, 2015.

The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of:

Major Defense Equipment (MDE):

Three (3) CH-47F Chinook Helicopters

Six (6) T55-GA-714A Aircraft Turbine Engines

Three (3) Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade & Below (FBCB2)/Blue Force Tracker (BFT)

Three (3) Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS)

Three (3) Honeywell H-764 Embedded Global Positioning/Inertial Navigation Systems

Three (3) Infrared Signature Suppression Systems

This request also includes the following Non-Major Defense Equipment; AN/APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponders, Defense Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver (DAGR), AN/ARC-201D SINCGARS Airborne Radio Systems, AN/ARC-220 High Frequency Airborne Communication Systems, AN/ARC-231(V)(C) Airborne VHF/UHF/LOS SATCOM Communications Systems, KY-100 Secure Communication Systems, KIV-77 Common IFF Cryptographic Computers, AN/AVS-6 Aviator's Night Vision Systems, AN/ARN-147 Very High Frequency (VHF) Omni Ranging/Instrument Landing System Receiver, AN/PYQ-10(C) Simple Key Loaders, AN/ARN-153 Tactical Airborne Navigation (TACAN) System, Spare Parts, Tools, Ground Support Equipment, Technical Publications, Contractor and U.S. Government Technical Services.

The total estimated value of MDE is $105 million. The total overall estimated value is $180 million.

This proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner which has been, and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress within the Pacific region and globally.

The proposed sale of the CH-47F aircraft will improve Australia's heavy lift capability. Australia will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats. The CH-47F aircraft will replace Australia's retiring CH-47D aircraft. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be the Boeing Helicopter Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are no known offset agreements at this time associated with this proposed sale.

Implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. or contractor representatives to Australia.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Source: Australia - CH-47F - Aircraft

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